Gaizka Larrazabal Makes His Case For More Minutes With Sensational Performance Against Intercity
Gaizka Larrazabal’s promotion to the first team over the summer came as no surprise. The young winger scored 9 goals and provided 7 assists for Bilbao Athletic last season and was fully deserving of his place in Gaizka Garitano’s squad. So far, the 22-year-old has answered the call in his limited chances and Tuesday’s excellent performance against Intercity was more of the same.
While it’s true that Athletic were facing an opponent from the Tercera, it’s also hard to ignore the fact that Larrazabal was the most impactful player on the field. In his 83 minutes of action the starlet showcased his dribbling, work rate, and beautiful crossing as well as his ever-present confidence that has helped him reach this stage in his career.
Intercity had no answers for Larrazabal who was a constant threat down the right side of the field and assisted the first two goals for the Basques. The first assist was a low cross that should have been cleared but fell to Ibai Gómez for a relatively easy finish. However, the second assist was a stunning. Larrazabal beat his defender at the corner flag, took the ball into the right side of the box, and picked out Beñat who was making a late run at the top of the area.
Larrazabal proudly calls himself “a true winger” and plays with a spark and direct style of attacking that no one else in the team really can. The 22-year-old is a different type of footballer, in a good way, and will only continue to get better with time. Larra, as he likes to be called, has showed incredible improvement every season since joining the club in 2017 and has the potential to become a special player at San Mamés.
Minutes will still be hard to come by for the young forward this season, but he’s proving that he deserves more chances every time he steps on the field. Moving forward Gaizka Larrazabal could become an invaluable weapon for Gaizka Garitano and earn a more important role in the Athletic team.